I attempted to start a similar thread in another sub-forum, but unfortunately, my thread was deleted without explanation. (I certainly cannot see how such a thread would break any forum rules, but I may be mistaken.) Since it would be helpful if I get a few questions answered, I’m going to attempt to ask them here instead.
My questions are about how to confess certain sins. I know that we have to confess sins by type and we have to say how many times we committed them, as best as we can. But with regard to viewing impure images and engaging in self-abuse:
Is the act of self-abuse one type of sin, or is it more than one? For example, if someone were to confess this sin, would they also be obliged to confess having lustful fantasies, committing adultery in their heart, etc.?
If a person sits down and views impure images for a particular length of time, does such a viewing session constitute this sin being committed one time or more? Similar to the above question, should things like lustful fantasies be confessed in addition to this sin?
To get at this another way: if someone watched impure movies while engaging in self-abuse, and did so for maybe half an hour, would they be able to completely and properly confess these sins by saying I viewed pornography once and I engaged in self-abuse once? Or would they need to list further kinds of sin, along with the length of time they engaged in these acts, as well?
For the moderators, my sincere apologies if, for some reason, these questions are off-limits. As I said above, I simply would like to have these questions answered. If this thread needs to be deleted, would you please tell me why in a private message? That way I can try other ways to have these questions answered, whether here on CAF or elsewhere.